Teen sentenced to life for killing five members of his family

By Sky News

Michael Bever, pictured in 2015

(SKY NEWS) – An Oklahoma teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for killing of his parents and three siblings.

Michael Bever was 16 when he and his older brother, Robert, stabbed their mother, father, two younger brothers and five year old sister to death.

Two sisters survived the attack, which was described as the worst single criminal event in the history of Broken Arrow city in Oklahoma.

Now 19, Bever was convicted in May of five counts of first degree murder for his role in the killings.

The teenager’s lawyers argued that he had been led astray by his older brother, who pleaded guilty in 2016 and was sentenced to life without parole.

While prosecutors urged a sentence without parole because of the horrific circumstances of his crime, the jury recommended life with parole.

Officers were alerted to the 2015 killing spree with an “open 911” call, in which the caller did not speak.

They were unable to get in through the front door of the house, but heard moaning and found the boys’ injured sister before dragging her outside over fears the killer might still be inside.

Commenting at the time, neighbour Patricia Statham said: “It certainly is shocking. I’m shocked. I feel so bad for everyone who walks into that house.

“You can see it in the faces of the officers when they come out.”

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